Painted saw blades are an excellent medium for creating decorative and rustic art. Many artists paint decorative landscapes on saw blades, but you can paint whatever you want. After cleaning the blade, you can use acrylics or oils to create a new work of art that is sure to spark conversation!
Part 1 Cleaning the Saw Blade
1. Using sandpaper or steel wool, remove any rust. Work in small circles across the blade with 300-grit sandpaper or a pad of steel wool. Scrub the blade with firm pressure to remove all traces of rust.
To combat extra tough spots or oil on the blade, use a small amount of dish detergent in conjunction with your scouring pad.
Wear eye and mouth protection to protect yourself from rust particles.
2. Apply a coat of metal primer to the saw blade. Apply the primer in a thin layer across the surface of the blade with a clean cloth. Wipe away any excess primer that has accumulated on the surface. Allow at least 15 minutes for the primer to dry before proceeding.
Metal primer is available at your local hardware store.
Primer not only protects the saw blade from rust, but it also improves paint adhesion.
3. As a base coat, apply black or white acrylic paint to the blade. Coat the saw blade’s surface with a wide paintbrush or spray paint. On the saw blade, work from left to right. Allow it to completely dry before adding a second coat in the opposite direction.
The colour of the underlayer is determined by the colours you intend to paint the saw blade. White should be used for lighter colours, while black should be used for darker colours.
Part 2 Decorating the Saw Blade
1. Make a design on the saw blade. Draw the designs you want to paint with a soft pencil. If you used a black underlayer, make your marks with a white charcoal pencil.
Because you’ll be painting over your drawings, don’t make them too detailed. Make a rough sketch of the main shapes and forms instead.
2. Place the blade on a scrap of wood or paper. Set the saw blade in the centre of the sheet to prevent paint from getting on other surfaces. The edges will be neat and clean when you lift the saw blade off the sheet.
If you have access to one, secure the saw blade in an easel.
Handle the saw blade with caution to avoid inadvertently cutting yourself.
3. Acrylic paints are a quick-drying medium. Acrylic paints typically dry in 15 minutes to an hour. Choose a variety of colours in addition to black and white so that you can mix different values. Acrylics may be the best choice for you if you work quickly with paints.
Acrylic paintbrushes can be easily cleaned with water, but they must be cleaned within 10 minutes of use.
Acrylic paints are typically less expensive than oil paints.
4. If you want a longer working time, use oils. If you prefer to work slowly and have more control over when you can mix colours, go with oil paints. Oil paints can take up to a week to dry completely, depending on the humidity in the area you paint in.
When working with oil paints, make sure to work in a well-ventilated area.
Mineral spirits or turpentine should be used to clean oil-based brushes.
5. Begin with the background and work your way to the foreground. Work your way up from light to dark colours. Keep your background hazy so it appears to be in the distance. Begin to add more details to your painting as you move closer to the foreground.
Use colour schemes that are complementary to one another, such as orange and blue, yellow and purple, and red and green.
Part 3 Finishing Your Art
1. Allow the paint to dry completely. Keep your saw blade in a safe, dry place until it dries completely. Allow for one day of drying time if you used acrylic. When using oils, allow it to dry for at least a week.
To see if the paint is dry, use a toothpick to test a small, inconspicuous area.
2. Overspray the paint with a UV-protectant varnish. Apply a thin layer of varnish to the surface of the saw. A UV-resistant varnish will shield your painting from the sun by reflecting light and preserving the colours.
3. Securely hang your artwork on the wall. Use a stud finder to locate a safe location to hang your saw blade. With a hammer, drive a nail into the wall so that 12 inch (1.3 cm) of it protrudes. Hang the saw blade so that the nail goes through the centre hole.
Place the blade so that children cannot reach it.
Saw blades can be hung both inside and outside.
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